The Voice of Pelham November 18 2015

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Locally owned community newspaper from the heart of Niagara. Reporting on events in Fonthill, Fenwick, Ridgeville and North Pelham.


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    Vol.19 No.37 Wednesday November 18, 2015 85

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    Pelham Centre and E.W Farr Public Schools to Merge



    Mayor Augustyn addresses a small crowd that gathered for the unveiling of Dexter DEverados plaque while DEverado himself (David Hulley and daughter Katharyn) look on.

    STORM WATER MANAGEMENTWork continues on the East Fonthill Development Site, and residents who frequently drive Highway 20 or Rice Road will have undoubtedly noticed the large stormwater management facility that has been dug at that intersection over the last couple of weeks. Page 11


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    set to get underway on December 5th, organizers are now seeking volunteers to help with the collection process.

    We have the routes, but the big thing is always looking for volunteers, said Gerry Berkhout, who is coordi-nating the event. Weve never been short, but thats always the worry for me.

    Plans are in the works to close down Pelham Centre Public School and merge that facility with E.W. Farr in Fenwick.

    Last month, trustees from the District School Board of Niagara voted in favour of a modified accommodation review that would see Pelham Centres students incor-porated into E.W Farr following some improvements and additions to the latter building.

    The Board was faced with the decision in light of declining en-rollment numbers, which are expected to continue trending downward over the next decade.

    On Saturday, the Pel-ham Historical Society unveiled a new plaque in front of town hall hon-ouring Dexter DEvera-do, a man who has been called the Founder of Fonthill.

    Born in 1814, DEver-ado was an intelligent and accomplished man, who held a number of important local posi-tions throughout his life, including Registrar of Deeds and Registrar of the Surrogate Court. He was also the Clerk of the Municipal Council of the County of Welland.

    Ceremony HonoursFounder of Fonthill

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    Outside of these roles, DEverado was a captivating person, deeply committed to his community. In a speech given to the Pelham Historical Society to mark the occasion, Johanna Abrahamse stated that DEver-ado was an enigma, well spoken, very dexterous with

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    When applying for a job it is important to build your personal brand. Just as companies leverage successful branding into greater value, your brand can be a strong tool to help you succeed.

    When developing your brand, it is important to reflect on personal and professional experiences. Understanding your per-sonal strengths will allow you to market them more effectively. Think about your prior work experi-ences and how they have shaped you. Was your first job cleaning toilets?

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    the pen, associating with the important people of the day, seeking public office, and yet he was also reclu-sive and he definitely had some odd behaviours. He was a character -- someone we might like to have in our family tree if we were genealogists, because he certainly was colourful.

    DEverado was also known for his generous dona-tions and contributions to a number of efforts meant to benefit the public as a whole, including the edu-cation of many local youth. Apparently there were a number of children named after Dexter DEverado.

    DEverado passed away in 1891, having touched many lives and greatly impacted the area for the bet-ter.

    The plaque honouring his contributions to the com-munity is one of three that have been erected by the Pelham Historical Society since 2004, which include a plaque marking the location of the Fonthill Nursuries on Pelham Street, and another that commemorates the Fenwick Fair.

    Though no official decision has yet been reached, E.W. Farrs more centralized location and access to municipal sewer and water would seem to make it the more logical choice on a number of practical levels.

    It is expected that students will initially be moved from E.W Farr t Pelham Centre while the former is updated, following which all students will move permanently to the newly renovated building.

    Did it help build charac-ter, or help put your life into perspective?

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    QUALITY CLEANERSThe Fonthill-Singers Corners branch of the Womens Institute laid a wreath at the base of the Ridgeville Cenotaph last Wednesday in remembrance of those who have fought and died for our freedom.

    This was the second year that the ladies have taken part in what they hope will be-come an annual tradition. The women noted that many of them had ancestors who served in the Military during both World Wars, and that the Womans Institute was very active themselves on the home front.

    The women knitt ed items for the soldiers, worked in the factories, and raised funds for much needed equipment, said club president Diana Knight.

    The womens institute is a 150 year old organization, and the Fonthill-Singers Cor-ners branch formed in 1913. They are always looking for new members, o ering fellowship and educational courses to likeminded women who have an interest.

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    Last Friday the 13th GO-JHL Junior B hockey game in Fonthill wasnt fortunate for the Pelham Panthers, who ended up dropping the game 10-1 to the rst placed Caledo-nia Corvairs.

    The Panthers played a spirited rst period against the Corvairs, keeping the visitors score-less going into the second period. Despite Pelhams Thomas Young scoring o an assist from Zach Anderson to get Pelham on the board, that proved to be the one and only puck that Pelham could get past Caledonias goalkeeper Zack Moore. The second and third pe-riods were not kind to the Panthers, and Caledonia was able to tally 10 goals against Pelham before the nal b uzzer sounded.

    For those fans that enjoy a very physical game, they certainly didnt leave disappointed. The Corvairs showed why they lead the league in penalty minutes, being awarded 60 minutes for 19 infractions and 4 ejec-tions. The Panthers were a litt le more disciplined, and were metered 42 minutes for 16 infractions but only half the ejec-tions. Despite the turn-

    stile visits to the penalty boxes, both teams penal-ty kill stepped up to the challenge and performed admirably, with only one powerplay goal scored the entire game.

    The Panthers are looking for that elusive win and are next in action Tuesday November 17 at home against the St. Catharines


    Falcons (7pm). Home-town fans are promised an entertaining game, and hopefully a win. Please note that on Fri-day November 20 there will be no Friday home game the Panthers will be travelling down the 406 to compete against the Falcons on their home ice (Jack Gatecli , 7pm).

    Fonthill-Singers Corners members Sally Biggar, Alice Gram, Betty Ralph, Diana Knight, Tania Maleschenko, and Pam Bronn lay a wreath at the Ridgeville Cenotaph on Remembrance Day.

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    Council will begin our 2016 budget process with a special public meeting where we listen to you and other members of the community about what you would like to see in next years and future budgets.

    That meeting will occur on Monday, November 30 at 6:30 PM in the Coun-cil Chamber at Pelham Town Hall.

    While Pelham Council first started this type of a pre-budget consulta-tion for the 2007 Bud-gets, we continue each year to welcome resi-dents, representatives of

    sports teams and service clubs, businesses and property tax payers to provide input.

    I am pleased that, follow-ing Council deliberations each year, we have been able to follow-through on most of the suggestions offered by your friends and neighbours. In pre-vious year, folks have requested a dog park, a skate park, sidewalks along a number of roads, crosswalks, sidewalk snow clearing on every sidewalk in Town, part-nerships on service club signs, and a girls change room in the arena. The

    How should we spendyour money in 2016?by MAYOR DAVE AUGUSTYN

    I want to thank the Voice for making us aware of the passing of the Protection of Public Participation Act. The passing of this Act will help ensure that the citizens of Ontario will be able to act on matters of pub-lic interest, without threat of retribution. It will ensure that SLAPPs (Strategic Litigation Against Public Par-ticipation) are no longer tolerated. I find this of special interest.

    I left my position as an employee of the Town of Pel-ham in 2013. In 2014, I submitted a series of Freedom of Information Requests (FOIs) to the Town, a right bestowed to all residents of Ontario. In response, the Town denied most of my requests, forcing me to is-sue...